Blog Post

Questions about the Trump Administration’s Cost-Benefit Analysis for its Proposal to Freeze the CAFE Standards

Aug 20, 2018 | Alan J. Krupnick, Joshua Linn, Virginia McConnell
New analyses of fuel economy regulations proposed by the Trump administration vary drastically from previous analysis of Obama-era rules.

The 2016 Arctic Offshore Drilling Safety Rule: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Aug 16, 2018 | Alan J. Krupnick, Isabel Echarte
As part of a series examining US oil and gas sector regulations, this report analyzes the cost and benefits of repealing or modifying the 2016 Arctic Drilling Rule under several scenarios.
Energy and Electricity
Upcoming Policy Leadership Forum

Marcia McNutt on Evidence-Based Decisionmaking

Sep 10, 2018 9:00 AM EDT

At the Policy Leadership Forum, Dr. Marcia McNutt, geophysicist and the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences, will discuss crucial questions about evidence-based decisionmaking.

Upcoming Seminar

States Moving Forward with Carbon Trading: The Nuts and Bolts of Linking State Programs

Sep 6, 2018 10:00 AM EDT

This workshop will explore how states' plans to link to RGGI could be a learning opportunity for other states that want to link to RGGI or implement a separate carbon trading program.

Blog Post

Transparency Needed in Trump’s Plan to Partially Repeal PHMSA’s Tank Car Rule

Jul 20, 2018 | Alan J. Krupnick, Justine Huetteman, Arthur G. Fraas
PHSMA’s consideration of the repeal of one provision of the tank car rule should better reflect the costs and benefits associated with its potential repeal.
Energy and Electricity

PHMSA’s 2015 Tank Car Rule: Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Jul 20, 2018 | Alan J. Krupnick, Justine Huetteman, Arthur G. Fraas | 35 pp.
As part of a series examining US oil and gas sector regulations, this report analyzes the costs and benefits of repealing or modifying a Department of Transportation rule to improve the safety of railroad tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol.
Energy and Electricity Risk and Uncertainty
Issue Brief

Considering a Carbon Tax–Gasoline Tax Swap: Projected Energy-Related US CO2 Emissions Reductions under the MARKET CHOICE Act

Jul 19, 2018 | Marc Hafstead | 3 pp.
The MARKET CHOICE Act would replace the federal excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel with a tax on GHG emissions. This analysis projects that energy-related CO2 emissions would be approximately 29% below 2005 levels in 2030.
Air Quality Climate Change
Resources Article

European Union Reforms Its Carbon Emissions Market

Jul 10, 2018 | Dallas Burtraw, Amelia Keyes
Lower prices for carbon emissions allowances have posed a crisis of confidence in several trading programs. A new mechanism under the EU ETS appears to be good news for the program, helping allowance prices to stabilize.
Energy and Electricity International
Resources Article

Celebrating Collaborative Research and Expanding RFF’s Horizons

Jul 10, 2018 | Richard G. Newell
RFF announces the formation of a new institute in partnership with the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change and celebrates the achievements of Senior Fellow Karen Palmer.
Resources Article

Carbon Pricing for US Electricity Sector Now More Effective and Less Expensive

Jul 10, 2018 | Karen L. Palmer, Anthony Paul, Amelia Keyes
Long-run changes in the costs of renewables and natural gas as well as technological innovation have cut the cost of emissions reductions in the US electricity sector and made carbon pricing more potent than previously thought.
Climate Change Energy and Electricity